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millions celebrate a coup in egypt. president mohamed morsi is under house arrest and the military says it will install a new interim civilian government. firefighters in arizona start to get the upper handed on the deadly fire that killed 19 elite firefighters. and the united states celebrates its 237th birthday. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, july 4th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, egypt starts its new day in uncharted waters after mohamed morsi, its first democratically elected president, was ousted by the military after only one year in
office. here's the latest. morsi and other leaders are the muss almost brotherhood party are in custody at a military facility in cairo. egypt's constitution drafted by morsi's allies is suspended, and armed forces say they will install a temporary civilian government. now clarissa ward is in cairo with the latest. clarissa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. well, how quickly things change. egypt will have a new president later today. chief justice adly mansour will be sworn in until elections can be haeld. as you can see behind me, tahrir square is really quiet right now, but last night it was a very different scene wh.
when the military released its statement, the crowd went absolutely nuts. there were roars of applause, there were fireworks, there were laser light shows, and the crowd really did not stop cheering and celebrating for quite some hours after that announcement was made. but not everybody here in cairo was happy about last night's announcement. a rally of 12 morsi supporters reportedly went silent after the announcement was released. they then started to boo. they were chanting down with the military rule. we're now hearing that former president morsi, the democratically elected muslim brotherhood backed is now under house arrest. the risk now between the two groups is it going to grow more divisive and more dangerous? more than 60 people have been killed in violent clashes since sunday. so really nobody here wants to see any more violence. anne-marie? >> clarissa ward in cairo. thank you, clarissa.
well, president obama said he was, quote, deeply concerned about the political changes in egypt. the u.s. embassy in cairo ordered all nonessential military personnel to leave egypt. the egyptian military said it would take steps to ensure the safety of americans there including the embassy in cairo and the consulate in alexandria. egypt is a key ally in the middle east and it is also the fourth largest recipient of u.s. foreign aid. chip reid has u.s. reaction. >> reporter: state department spokeswoman jen psaki affirms the administration's hands-off decision less than two hours after president morsi was removed from office. >> i'm not going to rank sides. we don't take sides, as you know. >> reporter: but neutrality has its risks. critics say it portrays the president as simply standing by while a longtime middle east ally that receives $1.5 billion in u.s. aid a year spirals into chaos. on the streets of cairo, the neutrality had already been
rejected by many protesters who accuse president obama and ambassador of egypt ann patterson of giving morsi too much support. on monday as the protests grew, the president did toughen his tone with morsi. in a phone call he told morsi democracy is more than about elections. it's also that the voice of all egyptians are heard. he urged morsi to take steps to show he was listening but the administration said morsi failed. >> he had an opportunity to lay out some specific steps, and he did not take the opportunity to do that. >> reporter: u.s. law requires that foreign aid be cut off to any country that undergoes a coup de tat, but there are exceptions to the escape clause in that law and you wouldn't be surprised if state lawyers find this to be anything but a coup. chip reid, cbs news, the white house. the taliban is refusing to engage in peace talks with u.s. and afghanistan. the problem is the wording of a
sign outside its office in qatar where talks have been going on. it says the words imply a sovereign government. it wants to fly a flag it flew when it ruled afghanistan. the u.s. and the current afghan government rejected both demands. and firefighters have contained almost half of that massive wildfire near the central arizona town of yarnell. the fire destroyed 13 square miles, and it also killed 19 firefighters. carter evans reports on the investigation into their death. >> reporter: this is our first look at the damage from the yarnell fire that's destroyed nearly 130 structures. some of the 600 firefighters battling the blaze paused as the trucks used by the granite county hotshots were taken away. this charred landscape is where the 19 men died. they were just 500 yards from the homes and businesses they were trying to save. the only survivor, brendan mcdonough, was watching the team
from a high vantage point. ralph lucas is a battalion chief with the prescott fire department. >> it is protocol that you always have a hotshot lookout in place for every single hotshot crew all the time, every time. >> reporter: data from a nearby weather station indicated that the wind direction shifted nearly 180 degrees in less than an hour. mcdonough saw the fire reverse direction and radioed that the hot shots were in danger and had to move. it's believed what mcdonough witnessed was the result of a rapidly forming thunderstorm. bill morris is a former hotshot and captain of the flagstaff fire department. >> when you get a downdraft from the thunderstorm, the winds are blown down and out in every direction. they have safety zones established. it takes some time. it may take a minute or two minutes to get to a safety zone, and maybe in this situation that two minutes was too long. >> reporter: we've learned the hotshots radioed distress calls around 3:00 p.m. but the heavy smoke and winds prevented a 's rescue helicopter from
responding immediately. when paramedics finally arrived they found the hotshots' bodies and the fire shelters they used as a last resort to protect them from the flames. >> this situation came upon the granite mountain hotshots very rapidly, and i would hope that they didn't suffer. >> reporter: federal and state investigators are here in arizona. they're analyzing radio logs, fire department records and weather conditions. they're also looking at the path of the fire. preliminary results are expected later this week. carter evans, cbs news, prescott, arizona. in florida, testimony in the trial of former neighborhood watch volunteer george zimmerman resumes on friday. the parents of unarmed teen trayvon martin are expected to testify. yesterday jurors heard from an expert who said martin's dna was not found on the grip of the gun zimmerman used to fire the fatal shot. susan mcginnis reports on a small victory for the prosecution. >> reporter: prosecutors called zimmerman's former professor in
the case to the stand. the professor testified he taught self-defense law in his criminal justice class. >> i remember talking about it quite a few times, not just on one particular occasion. >> reporter: on tuesday, jurors heard zimmerman say in a tv interview he had no knowledge of florida's "stand your ground" law. zimmerman's injuries during his confrontation with trayvon martin were not serious. the defense is trying to show that fear of great bodily harm is enough to act in self-defense. >> you don't have to wait until you're almost dead before you can defend yourself. >> no. i was advised you probably don't do that. >> reporter: later a dna expert testified he did not find any traces of zimmerman's dna under martin's fingernails. >> no, there was nothing foreign to trayvon martin. >> reporter: jurors saw the blood-stained sweatshirt martin wore the night he died. forensic analyst amy see vert
showed the gun that was used and said the shot was fired at very close range with a gun that was fully loaded. >> it is consistent with the firearm touching the outer sweatshirt and the inner sweatshirt. >> reporter: siewert testified that guns are sometimes used in self-defense. susan mcginnis, cbs news, sanford, florida. well, the family of former south african president nelson mandela is fighting among themselves over the burial site of his three deceased children. meanwhile mandela remains on life support in a pretoria hospital. mark phillips is in florida. mark, good moving. what can you tell us about the family feud? >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. this feud is about control of the legacy, about money, about jealousy within the family, and it may be about to be over. this involved mandela's grandson, a man named mandla mandela, a man who took it upon himself to move the bodies to
another village, qunu, where mandela wants to be buried. he's trying to establish a mandela tribute shrine and tourist attraction as a way of garnering money into the future. now the mandela family has gone to court and received a court order ordering that those bodies be removed from mvezo. yesterday the local sheriff's office moved in and broke in to the property and removed the bodies. the bodies are now in a morgue in a nearby town presumably ready for reidentification and ready to be reburied in qunu. the effect on the mandela situation itself is he still lies here in critical condition. the family admitted in court that he is now on life support effectively breathed for. whether the resolution of the bodies question now puts the family in a position where it will deal with how much medical care and intervention to continue to provide to a very
gravely ill nelson mandela is the question. anne-marie? >> mark phillips in pretoria. thank you, mark. south haven, michigan, got a dazzling one-day jump on the fourth of july holiday. last night the town celebrated independence day with a big fireworks display over lake michigan. it lit up the sky in a shower of red, white, and blue. the celebration continues later today with a parade complete with marching bands and floats. and here in new york a large crowd is expected for the reopening of one of the most recognizable symbols of our nation's independence. the statue of liberty has been closed since last october when hurricane sandy swamped most of the liberty island. lady liberty escaped the damage though. and coming up on the "morning news," monitoring your mail. we'll tell you how the post office might be secretly snooping on your mail as part of a government program. this is the "cbs morning news." snooping on your mail as part of a government program. this is the "cbs morning news." step!
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well, the nsa isn't the only agency spying on americans. so is the post office. the mail isolation control and tracking program allowing it to scan every letter and package. about 160 billion pieces last year. the once secret program was created in 2001 after the anthrax attacks killed five people. well, the fbi used it just last month to arrest a woman for allegedly sending ricin-laced letters to president obama. on the "cbs moneywatch" now, asian markets were mixed this morning ahead of the jobs report. alison harmelin has the business headlines. >> reporter: the markets are closed for the holiday. wednesday's stocks finished high. the dow gained 56 points. the nasdaq finished up ten points. boeing delivered 306 jets so far this year. ten more than european-based airbus. boeing is sending more 787s out the door. they're playing catchup because
the dreamliners had battery problems earlier in the year. americans plan to spend more on fourth of july celebrations this year. the average person plans to shell out $300 for food, travel, fireworks, and festivities. that's up 58% from last year. people in the northeast plan to part with the most cash, $454 on average. midwesterners are spending the least, $195 per person. some of that money will be going toward gas. aaa predicts 450 million americans are traveling 50 miles or more on independence day. most are traveling by car. the fourth of july is typically the busiest holiday of the summer travel season. that's your "moneywatch." for more go to our website. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather, and in sports it's graduation day for butler's brad stevens. he's taking over as head coach for one of basketball's legendary franchises. taking over as head coach for one of basketball's legendary franchises.
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in the northeast and the midwest. and in the southwest the high heat continues with temperatures in some areas hitting 110 degrees. in sports the boston celtics just made a surprising choice for their new head coach. they chose brad stevens. he was head coach at butler university and took the team to consecutive ncaa championship games. this is the first time boston has hired a coach with no nba experience in 65 years. the 36-year-old reportedly signed a six-year deal worth 22 million bucks. and in baseball the tigers' max scherzer did something no other pitcher has done in decades. detroit beat the blue jays last night, 6-2, and now scherzer is the first pitcher in 27 years to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses. the last hurler to do that was roger clement in 1986. in boston jonny gomes did it again in the bottom of the ninth
an . he blasted another walk-off game-winning homer. that was his third home run of the season. they take down san diego, 2-1. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories, and the man behind the mouse. we will remember the computer visionary whose invention changed the world. [ richard ] i've never tasted anything so delicious. richard, why are you wearing grandpa's jacket? i'm not richard. i'm grandpa smucker. [ male announcer ] tim and richard smucker knew that just like their grandfather they too would make the world's best jam. with a name like smucker's, it has to be good. they too would make the world's best jam.
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forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., thunderstorms. atlanta, thunderstorms. st. louis, thunderstorms. denver as well. rain, everywhere else. seattle, partly sunny with a high of 74. and here's a look at your top stories this morning. egypt remains in deep political turmoil following the toppling of president mohamed morsi by the military. morsi is in army custody. egypt's constitution has been suspended, and a temporary military government is expected to be installed. and firefighters have
contained nearly half of that massive wildfire near the central arizona town of yarnell. 19 firefighters were killed in that blaze. and the tragic end to the search for colorado senator carl udall's brother. the body of 61-year-old james u dal was found wednesday in wyoming. he was supposed to have returned from backpacking last week. his family says it appears he died from natural causes. and a driver in toledo, ohio, made an unnecessary stop with her car. it fell down a sinkhole wednesday. the firefighters lowered down a ladder. 60-year-old pamela knox climbed right out. she's okay, but it's going to be a while before she drives a car again. and the man who developed the mouse has died. doug englebart patented the mouse. didn't make royalties because it became public domain in 1987. englebart was 88 years old.
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residents in the tallahassee area are cleaning up after a severe storm. heavy rain and wind raced through the area yesterday. a tree fell on a car trapping two people inside. one person crawled out the back window, but the other was rescued by ems. 9,000 customers lost power. and the severe heat that's been smothering the west is expected to start to ease today, but yesterday united nations released a report saying the planet saw unprecedented climate extremes in the last decade. as dean reynolds reports, every spot on the globe was affected in some way. >> reporter: at chicago shedd aquarium researchers phil worries about what he sees when he looks at lake michigan.
>> what's most disturbing is when we look at the average lake level over the past decade it has dropped down and has not gone back up substantially, not like it has in the past. >> reporter: but is it's van racing that's caution these low lake levels? >> evaporation seems to be going up. >> reporter: that's a small irritant compared to what's charged in the report. the last decade produced hurricanes and typhoons around the world that cost $380 billion in damage. global temperatures have risen so steeply since the 1980s that arctic sea ice is now melting twice as fast as it once did. 370,000 people were killed by extreme weather with many of the casualties blamed on paralyzing heat waves that gripped europe in 2003 and russia in 2010. the report said the last decade was the warmest since the 1850s. almost half the nations on earth broke 50-year-old records for high temperatures.
the report says the extreme weather between 2001 and 2010 was not driven by any persistent weather phenomenon such as el nino, and indications are that neither the extremes nor their consequences are evening out. lake michigan, for example, is predicted to drop two feet by the end of this century with untold effects on wildlife, tourism, and commerce. >> even though lake levels have gone up with the spring rains, they can go right back down, and we think that they will go right back down. >> reporter: and that, he says, is cause for concern. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a live report from cairo on the egyptian army ousting president mohamed morsi. plus, war veteran who is helping other veterans transfer to civilian life through community service. and we'll meet the man
going to be like. >> yes. of course those fireworks displays tonight going to be very important forecast always have to worry about the fog. we are seeing patchy fog this morning, also couple of showers making their way through california. could that affect our weather today? we'll talk about that coming up. >> and bart is still on strike this morning. so on a typical holiday usually we see no traffic at all towards the bay bridge. we may see a few more cars out there so we'll tell you what other mass transit options are available today. >> going to be a little better today. >> a little. >> thank you. there will be no break. contract talks continue this morning at 11:00 and bart train service is suspended. christin ayers with the latest on the ongoing negotiations. reporter: after a brief dinner break, first union representatives, then bart officials made their way back inside the caltrans building. >> we made progress yesterday d